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Posted March 15, 2000
Great Basic Knowledge about Roman Games
This book is a great source if you want to quickly learn more about Roman 'Games', from the different types of gladiator and their weapons and equipment, to how they obtained and used wild animals, to the chariot races so made famous by Ben Hur. The author uses a lot of contemporary accounts from Roman historians such as Sutonious and Tacitus, and provides a ton of details, from the history of the games, how they evolved, and very detailed information about each of the different games themselves. Ex: What games where given in the morning, midday, and afternoon? How were the bodies of killed gladiators handled? What wild animals did they match against each other? What weapons did the 'bestiari' use ( i.e. gladiators that specialized in confronting lions , etc. ) It is a book well worth your money if you want to inmerce yourself in this particular aspect of ancient Rome.
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